VET SC 7223RW - Veterinary Public Health

Roseworthy Campus - Semester 2 - 2018

Veterinary Public Health has been defined by FAO/WHO/OIE as "the sum of all contributions to the physical, mental and social well-being of humans through an understanding and application of veterinary science". Veterinary Public Health thus embraces the following areas of knowledge: diagnosis, surveillance, epidemiology, control, prevention and elimination of zoonoses and of diseases that threaten food security and social cohesion; protection of food (including meat and milk) for human consumption; food and meat science; environmental protection; animal welfare standards; and the social, behavioural and mental aspects of human-animal relationships.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code VET SC 7223RW
    Course Veterinary Public Health
    Coordinating Unit School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s Roseworthy Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week, plus 6 field trips
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites VET SC 7009RW & VET SC 7010RW
    Assumed Knowledge VET SC 7006RW, VET SC 7011RW Veterinary Clinical Pathology and Theriogeology
    Restrictions Available to D.Veterinary Medicine students only
    Course Description Veterinary Public Health has been defined by FAO/WHO/OIE as "the sum of all contributions to the physical, mental and social well-being of humans through an understanding and application of veterinary science". Veterinary Public Health thus embraces the following areas of knowledge: diagnosis, surveillance, epidemiology, control, prevention and elimination of zoonoses and of diseases that threaten food security and social cohesion; protection of food (including meat and milk) for human consumption; food and meat science; environmental protection; animal welfare standards; and the social, behavioural and mental aspects of human-animal relationships.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Torben Nielsen

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 A demonstrable knowledge of zoonotic and non-zoonotic diseases of public health significance
    2 An understanding of surveillance programmes for zoonotic and non-zoonotic diseases, and laboratory techniques used for the diagnosis and surveillance of zoonotic and food-borne diseases
    3 An understanding of veterinarians’ responsibilities in the production of safe meat (red meat, poultry, fish)and their responsibilities in the production of safe milk and milk products
    4 A professional and caring attitude towards the welfare of food producing animals from farm to slaughter
    5 An appreciation of Quality control, quality assurance and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) principles
    6 Ability to present information related to zoonotic and non-zoonotic diseases to an audience
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1, 2, 3, 4
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    3, 4, 5
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    3, 5
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    1, 2, 3, 4, 5
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The various themes (see below) of the Veterinary Public health course will be introduced in the lectures (often by senior practicing figures currently working in the field), further enhanced by the tutorials and student researched topics (and presentations) within that theme.

    External: During the practical component of the course, students will participate in visitations to abattoirs and other food processing facilities

    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    A student enrolled in a 3 unit course, such as this, should expect to spend, on average 12 hours per week on the studies required. This includes both the formal contact time required to the course (e.g., lectures and practicals), as well as non-contact time (e.g., reading and revision).
    Learning Activities Summary
    1.  Overview of Veterinary Public Health – the animal, human interface
    2.  Current issues in Veterinary Public health, zoonoses (e.g. update on Emerging infectious (Hendra, Nipah etc.)), transboundary and wildlife diseases
    3. VPH at the farm level
    4. VPH in the veterinary practice
    5. Structure of the veterinary public health community (local, national, regional, international)
    6. International trade and disease control (role of OIE, state veterinary service, impact of WTO
    etc.)
    7. HACCP principles and Risk analysis
    8. Concept of “farm-to-fork”  - “pre-harvest” quality management
    9. VPH and the environment
    10.  Food safety versus food security
    11. Role of veterinarians in the meat industry
    12. Pharmaceuticals – licensing, registration, adverse event reporting

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting Hurdle Learning Outcome
    Cases Formative and summative Throughout semester 30% No 1, 2, 3, 4, 6
    Field trip reports Summative Throughout semester 40% No 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Final Exam Summative Exam week 30% Yes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Assessment Item with hurdle % needed or requirement to meet hurdle Is additional assessment available if student
    does not meet hurdle requirement? Yes or No
    Details of additional assessment, if available
    Final Exam 50% Yes Students that do not attain this minimum in the final exam will be allowed to sit an additional examination, provided their
    cumulative overall total from the other assessment items attains 45% of the
    total course assessment
    Assessment Detail




    Case studies (30%):
    (Team based learning activities followed by discussion of each group’s results)
    Examples of VPH scenarios will be given to students by the Course Coordinator
    and guest lecturers. Students will work in groups (approx. 6 students) and
    present their findings and solution to the scenario. Students will need to
    justify and argue their reasoning. Assessment will include individual and group
    quizzes on prereadings, peer assessment of participation in group work and the
    Instructors mark on the argumentation and presentation of case outcome.

    Individual quizzes worth 5% and group quizzes worth 2%, Peer assessment worth
    2% and instructor’s grade worth 21%.

    Final Examination (30%):
    Students will undertake a 2hr final examination which will be a combination of
    MCQs, short answer and long answer questions based on topics covered
    throughout  the course.

     

    Field trip report (2 x 20%):
    Students will produce two 2000 word report based on their field trip
    experiences throughout the semester. The report will be due within a fortnight
    of the respective field excursions being completed.







    Submission
    If an extension is not applied for, or not granted then a penalty for late submission will apply.  A mark of zero will be allocated to late submitted assessment.



    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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